Toys ‘R’ Us writes heartwarming goodbye as it closes for good

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Toys "R" Us posted a goodbye message on it website, encouraging its former customers to "play on".

By the end of the day Friday all Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores across the USA will be closed for good.

"One day, all of us will get separated from each other".

The photo shows Geoffrey The Giraffe saying goodbye in an empty Toys "R" Us store, with a suitcase in hand.

The toy giant filed for bankruptcy in September 2017 and announced liquidation sales shortly after, CBS New York reports. She also guessed Amazon may have bought the toys. The photo was taken by Rene Johnpiere, who appears to work at a Toys "R" Us. The liquidation of the largest United States toy retailer is a blow to hundreds of toy makers that sold products at the chain, including Barbie maker Mattel Inc (MAT.O), board game company Hasbro Inc (HAS.O) and other large vendors such as Lego.

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Many people have reacted to the images on Twitter, sharing their sadness that a piece of their childhood has been shuttered.

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"Because we were forced to liquidate the USA business, we were not able to follow the normal severance process", said a Toys "R" Us spokesperson earlier this month.

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